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The Decline Of Unions Is Good News

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, January 27, 2020

Turning the clock back will cripple America's workers, not help them.

What's Your Number?

by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, January 22, 2020

A little numeracy goes a long way. 

Corporate Social "Wokeness"

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, January 20, 2020

BlackRock and Microsoft offer mistaken prescriptions on global warming.

The NEPA Stranglehold

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, January 13, 2020

Trump’s effort to streamline the review process does not go far enough.

The Meaning Of Libertarianism

by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, January 9, 2020

What role should the state play in the libertarian ideal?

California Wrecks Its Gig-Economy

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, January 6, 2020

Assembly Bill 5 violates the rights of workers and employers.

Hoover hosts NAFTA at Twenty conference


by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Friday, December 20, 2019

Why the USMCA is a bad agreement.

Is The Base Enough For Democrats In 2020?

by David Brady, Brett Parkervia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Does the ideology of the Democratic nominee matter when in comes to the 2020 general election? As the first Democratic nominating contests draw closer, the debate over that crucial tactical question has begun to take form in journalistic and scholarly quarters. 

A Sorry Tale Of Two Investigations

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, December 16, 2019

The Democrats overplayed their hand in the impeachment proceedings and the FBI probe.

Lara's Theme Harms California Insurers

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, December 9, 2019

The state's insurance commissioner punishes a captive industry.


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